The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) has been in the news a lot in recent years because of its many leadership problems, a large number of employees exposing its “toxic and racist work environment,” and its continuing struggle to keep a tight lid on its harvesting of preborn baby parts.1 Of course, the organization’s highly-paid public relations experts strive mightily to cover up and obscure the truth regarding PP’s activities. It might even be said that it invented “fake news” more than a century ago.
Let’s take a look at some Planned Parenthood abortion statistics to uncover the truth about our nation’s leading abortionist.
Planned Parenthood Dominates the Abortion Industry
People frequently lie with numbers, usually because they want to conceal critical facts, the best example in this case being PP’s famous “Only three or four percent of what we do is abortions.” However, the plain truth about the organization can be found in its own Annual Reports.2 Planned Parenthood does:
It helps to look at Planned Parenthood in an original way to help people understand exactly what this organization is and what it stands for.
The Planned Parenthood Federation of America is one of 134 member associations of the gigantic International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), which works in 142 nations on every continent. It joins two other multinational non-governmental organizations that do the most damage to faith, life and family in the world — the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the architect and supporter of the Chinese forced abortion program, and the Population Council, founded and supported by eugenicists, now serving as the guiding hand behind population suppression efforts all over the world.
Since Planned Parenthood makes a huge chunk of its income from surgical and medical abortions, it has been working hard to increase its share of the US abortion market. In 1980, PP only performed 5% of the nation’s abortions. By 1995, its share of abortions had doubled to 10%; by 2003, it had doubled again to 20%. Currently, it has leveled out at about 40% of all the abortions in the United States. According to Planned Parenthood’s 2019 – 2020 Annual Report, it committed 354,871 abortions in 2020. But it also distributed 584,003 “emergency contraception” kits that year, and there is no way to tell how many early preborn lives were ended in this manner.
According to its own 2019 – 2020 Annual Report, 96.9% of pregnant women seeking help from Planned Parenthood get an abortion; only 0.7% get adoption referrals and 2.4% get prenatal care of any kind.2 And yet while it essentially only offers one choice, Planned Parenthood advertises itself as “pro-choice” while attacking crisis pregnancy centers, which provide real help to women, both those who are pregnant and those who have already had their babies.
Since the first states legalized abortion in 1967, PPFA has committed about 8,965,000 abortions. This number is almost meaningless since it is so huge. As Joseph Stalin said after World War II, “One death is a tragedy, but a million is only a statistic.”3
The old saying that “A picture is worth a thousand words” is as true as ever, and we can use this principle to illustrate just how many preborn people have died at the hands of Planned Parenthood abortionists. We can have a tremendous impact by using our imaginations to relate the abortion issue to everyday images that people are familiar with. Here are some examples:
- Genocides: Historians list 34 genocides that took place during the bloodiest century in the history of the world, the twentieth century. If it were ranked as the executor and enabler of a genocide of preborn children, Planned Parenthood would rank fourth — behind only Mao Zadong’s 60 million, Stalin’s 40 million, and Hitler’s 30 million, and ranking far ahead of Pol Pot, Kim Il Sung, Idi Amin and Benito Mussolini.
- Holding Hands: If the 9 million babies aborted by Planned Parenthood had been born and had grown up, then got together to hold hands, the resulting line would stretch ten thousand miles ― the distance between New York City and Sydney, Australia!
- The Dead States: Planned Parenthood’s legion of abortionists have killed a number of children equal to the population of the entire states of New Jersey or Virginia ― or the entire population of New York City.
Of course, Planned Parenthood’s leaders ignore these appalling statistics and vigorously engage in the number one tactic of the culture of death ― distraction.
For example, PP’s leaders tell us “Hey, look. We aren’t so bad. Only 3% of what we do are abortions! This means that 97% of what we do is beneficial.” Some say that the Devil always tells us the truth ― but only that part of the truth that he wants us to hear. It is true (kind of) that Planned Parenthood’s 2019 – 2020 Annual Report shows that abortions are 3% of what it offers. Fifty-two percent of its services are STI testing and treatment, 25% is birth control, and its other services account for 20% of its visits.
However, an abortion is profoundly morally different from STI testing or a pregnancy test. An abortion ends a life; the rest of PP’s services do not. This is the fact that PP wants to obscure. As National Review editor Rich Lowry has pointed out, the 3% figure “is crafted to obscure the reality of Planned Parenthood’s business.” Using this kind of deliberate deception, the Major League Baseball organization could claim that its vendors sell about 20 million hot dogs and other items of food and drink every year at its 2,430 games, so MLB’s mission is to feed the public, since food items consist of 99.99% of what it does.
Closer to the point, Nazis could claim that killing Jews was only about one or two percent of what the Third Reich did during World War II, so why does everyone hate them? They invented the Volkswagen and workable rocket propulsion and made the trains run on time, after all!
If you’re still not convinced, you can take former President of Planned Parenthood Leana Wen’s word for it. In 2019 she explained that abortion is Planned Parenthood’s “core mission.”
Planned Parenthood’s Brilliant Business Model
Whatever atrocity the culture of death promotes and enables, whether it be outright genocide, transgenderism, transhumanism, euthanasia or abortion, the fundamental motivators are always power and money. There are absolutely no exceptions to this rule.
The Planned Parenthood Federation of America runs a business model that would make even the most unscrupulous used-car salesman drool with envy. It efficiently runs a three-level distribution system that automatically creates a demand for the next level:
- To begin with, Planned Parenthood peddles sex education to school children and college students, telling them that sexual activity is normal, acceptable and fun under any circumstances, no matter what type, just as long as coercion and [physical] injury are not involved.
- This, of course, leads to a demand for birth control, which fails so often that there are more than two million “unplanned” and “unwanted” pregnancies in the United States every year.
- And finally, of course, this sets up an unending demand for Planned Parenthood’s abortion mills.
One thing Planned Parenthood does very well indeed is consume money. Thanks to the above three-step business model, Planned Parenthood’s revenues from 1995 to 2019 have totaled more than $31 billion in today’s dollars (that’s “illion” with a “B” preceding it), of which more than $11.4 billion came from the American taxpayer in the form of reimbursements for services rendered and outright grants.
This allows the organization to lavish money on its executives; in her last year at PPFA, Cecile Richards made an incredible $1,033,274 in salary and benefits, which translates into $570 per hour of work. Thirteen other executives at PP’s national headquarters in New York City make $250,000 to $900,000 annually; eight at PP Mar Monte in California make over $200,000 annually, including the CEO who made $527,154 for less than two thirds of a year of work; nine more at PP of Greater NYC made more than $200,000 annually, topping out with the CEO at $428,321 in the last year reported.
The bloody edifice of abortion, comprised of the broken bodies of millions of innocent preborn children, must have a foundation ― and that foundation is sex education. As Alan Guttmacher, the former Medical Director of Planned Parenthood said, “The only avenue the International Planned Parenthood Federation and its allies could travel to win the battle for abortion on demand is through sex education.”4 In fact, we see this principle in operation all over Africa today. The population suppression cartel, which includes IPPF, knows that if it can corrupt the morals of African teenagers in a particular country with comprehensive sex education, abortion will be legalized in that nation within a decade.
Planned Parenthood will go to any lengths to spread explicit sex ed. It has even published a Stan Lee-supported comic featuring Spider-Man promoting PP-style sex education by clobbering an ugly green alien who seeks to sabotage sex education. In this short comic, a pernicious alien named “The Prodigy” arrives on Earth disguised as a human and sets about his nefarious plan of misinforming American teenagers on sex and contraception. The comic is so ludicrous that it is a collector’s item for pro-lifers today. (If you are interested, search eBay for “Spider Man vs the Prodigy.” They are available for ten dollars and up.):
Planned Parenthood says that it provides comprehensive sex education to 1.1 million people annually, and boasts in its Annual Reports, “Honest, fact-based education and information. That’s who we are.” But when pro-abortionists talk like this, you can be sure that propaganda is sure to follow. Some of the falsehoods contained in PP’s sex education programs, such as its now-defunct Teenwire.com sex advice website, include the allegations that homosexual behavior and transgenderism are healthy lifestyles, and that all such people’s problems are caused by “bigots,” “homophobes” and “transphobes;” that abortion has a much lower complication rate than childbirth; that condoms are effective; and that crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) are “fake clinics that spew out anti-choice propaganda.”
Most comical of all, PP believes that men can get pregnant; therefore, the organization recently stopped writing about “pregnant women” and replaced the term with “pregnant People.”
Planned Parenthood and its many defenders among the glitterati and the press will continue to divert, distract and demonize, but there is no defense against these Planned Parenthood abortion statistics which prove that PP is endlessly destructive, and that all it returns to us for billions of our tax dollars is death and corruption. The only thing that will finally bring this organization down is if we continue to forcefully repeat these indisputable facts.
 For a fascinating and detailed examination of the pervasive and blatant racism practiced at major “reproductive rights” organizations, with a strong focus on the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and NARAL Pro-Choice America, see Ema O’Connor. “Employees are Calling Out Major Reproductive Rights Organizations for Racism and Hypocrisy.” BuzzFeed, August 21, 2020.
 Page 35 of PPFA’s 2019 – 2020 Annual Report lists the pregnancy services they provided: 354,871 abortions, 2,667 adoption referrals, and 8,626 prenatal services of various kinds. By doing a little math, we can see that 96.9% of those services were abortions. 354,871 / (354,871 + 2,667 + 8,626) = 0.9691
 Russian dictator Joseph Stalin, quoted in the Washington Post, January 20, 1947.
 Alan Guttmacher, M.D., former Medical Director of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), quote of May 3, 1973, quoted in Humanity Magazine, August/September 1979, page 11, and in ALL About Issues, December 1979, page 2.
Dr. Brian Clowes has been HLI’s director of research since 1995 and is one of the most accomplished and respected intellectuals in the international pro-life movement. Best known as author of the most exhaustive pro-life informational resource volume The Facts of Life, and for his Pro-Life Basic Training Course, Brian is the author of nine books and over 500 scholarly and popular articles, and has traveled to 70 countries on six continents as a pro-life speaker, educator and trainer.